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Dec 14, 2012 4:00am PST
walsh has the latest for us. nick, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. 400 u.s. troops expected to be on the ground, but this contribution of three total member nations, germany expected to begin ratifying its deployment of two patriot batteries, the netherlands as well. let me give you the back story. the past two months we have seen exchanges, syrian army accused of firing into turkey. turkey returning fire. that sense of host tillity and volatility on the border leading them to ask nato for help and patriots coming here at this point. expected to be used mostly in the event of missiles being fired and have the ability to take down aircraft as well. we heard from u.s. secretary of defense leon panetta, that the u.s. does have a plan in the event that they see the assad regime use or prepare to use chemical weapons. not clear if patriots will be involved in that. but right now, in the very volatile part of the world, we have u.s. troops potentially on the ground. >> nick paton walsh, thank you for the update. >>> frank discussions, open lines of communication, but no d
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